Well gosh friends can you believe that September is just about an hour away from now? That is for my EST friends, two hours for you CST gals. I feel like I was seriously just switching my calendar to August, and with a blink of an eye here we are, a month later. It's now been a full month that I've been living in Columbia and working in my GA at CC.
On the eve of a fun vacation (which I promise you'll hear about in just a bit) and at this one month mark I find myself reflectively looking back at this past month, the changes I've been making and things I have discovered.
Things I have learned:
-How to navigate Columbia without my gps
-Drivers in Columbia are the worst I've ever experienced
-Bring a cardigan wherever I go, even during August in Cola there will be offices set at 60*
-Living by myself makes me a more tidy and organized person
-I love happy hour (ok, so I kind of already knew that)
-Columbia College loves to give free gifts called "surcies" at every event possible and so my desk is already filled with fun knicknacks
-How to use Blackboard, TutorTrac and Itams (even though I repel technology)
-Flowers will die if you forget to water or over water them
-I could live off of Yoghut
-I was born for HESA and especially for USC's program
Over this past month I have also already been able to make some great friends that I know will be in my life well into the years past graduation. I can't accredit this next thought to this past month, but I think to the past five years, especially my year traveling last year. I have learned that I am finally in a point in life where I am completely content and comfortable with myself and knowing who I am. I think that this has been one of the best and most fun transitions in my life due to the amount of courage and initiative that I have developed.
After a month of a lot of learning, training and transitioning I'd say it's time for a break! I am leaving after class tomorrow to meet my best friend from home at her new place in Raleigh where we will fly out of at 8am on Thursday for Las Vegas. Cannot.contain.myself.
We'll be meeting all of our best friends from home out there to join together to celebrate the marriage of my two friends, Brittany and Curtis. Some of us (including me) will be staying at Circus Circus and I'm so pumped!
While I am pumped to be going to Vegas and spending time with my friends I'm sad to be missing out on the first South Carolina football game vs. Southern Miss which is this Thursday. Everyone keeps looking at me like I'm crazy when I say I'm sad I'll be missing a game to be in Vegas. Truth be told I've been waiting for this first game for the past five years of my life. I do not regret my choice of UNCW at all, however wish I had been more informed regarding athletic programs when choosing an undergrad institution.
I owe you all one killer post with tons of great pics when I get back from my Vegas adventure. Hopefully I can make the best of my circumstances and watch South Carolina play from a casino in Sin City....GO COCKS!!